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Your Door versus a Stylish Steel Door Covered in Luxury Wood

24 Jan
January 24, 2014

A door is an important part of the house you cannot afford to ignore. The door is usually a gateway into your home and is therefore the pillar of your home security. Some people tend to over concentrate on the beauty of a door and forget crucial security fundamentals that should exist on any door. The cases of London burglary have gone high and therefore home owners need to pay more attention to the type of doors they are using for their homes. Recent cases have shown quite a number of London suburbs are experiencing burglaries even during the day, this brings into focus the need for home owners to choose the right types of doors.

Your house has important valuables you have spent a lot of money purchasing. Getting the right type of door that allows you to leave your home without having to worry about security issues is a wise decision. Wooden doors are very common but what many don’t know is they are very easy to break into. Quite a number of households have suffered from cases of burglary because of lack of strong doors that have enhanced security capabilities to keep thieves out of the house.

The good news is that it is possible to have both style and security incorporated into your door. As much as it is good to have stylish doors, you need to make sure that they come with extra security enforcement that makes it difficult for unauthorised access. With the high rate of home break-ins in London, several London burglary companies have been set up to offer help to clients and advice on the best way to keep a home safe.

Nowadays, steel doors have emerged as the clear favourites especially for countering cases of burglary. These doors come with enhanced security features such as steel bolts that make it very difficult for thieves to penetrate. If you have an ordinary door that you feel is not strong enough to provide adequate security, you need to find a company that deals with door replacement services. Here, you can either choose to have your door reinforced with advanced security features or have your door completely removed and replaced with a new one. You should know that wooden doors have limited security provisions and therefore make it quite simple for a burglary to take place.

Having a secure door does not mean you should opt for ugly looking doors. There are many stylish doors which come in various designs that clients can choose from. It’s time for those neighbourhoods experiencing burglaries to step up and acquire secure doors that allow one to have a peace of mind. With proper internet research, it is quite easy to find a variety of London burglary companies.

Once again you can clearly see how pathetic a wooden door is when it comes to a burglar, take the first step get a TITAN security door fitted ASAP, visit our website o see our burglary gallery–>  http://steelsecuritydoors.co.uk/category/burglary-gallery/burglaries-in-london/

Stay safe!

 

How Do Your House Numbers Look?

08 Jan
January 8, 2013

You should always remember that you’re a unique individual and you should take advantage of every chance you get to personalize your space. And that’s exactly what we had in mind when we decided to give our clients freedom of choice when it comes to their front doors: we’re offering a wide range of finishes (wood or colour) and we’re also providing a pretty large selection of models, but we’re also perfectly able to deliver a totally custom model.

But there’s even more you can do with something that you may have not even considered before – your house numbers. And there’s more variety than you give them credit when you start thinking about where you can place them: front door, front of the house, mailbox or even in a very unconventional setting. And then there are aspects such as: size, colour, material, font and other design specifics. In general terms, they should be easy to read even from a distance and this depends on size, colour (good contrast) and font (for example, too many swirls can look nice, but if it’s affecting the clarity, it’s not good).

Of course, one of the most popular choices is bras. It really stands out on darker shades and even on whites and it’s the perfect touch when the door comes with a bras doorknob and maybe a bras door knocker.

Ceramic ones can be a lovely touch and there’s no limit to how creative the surrounding design can be, especially if you decide to take things into your own hands and apply a pattern yourself. However, make sure the slates are big enough (and the numbers on them too) and keep in mind that the artistic strokes on the background should be integrated harmoniously in the general landscape and they should also not affect others’ ability to read the numbers.

Or maybe you’d like a plaque, since this can also be an interesting game of contrast between the plaque itself and the numbers on top (regarding both colour and material). You can go for a vintage look with wood or stay on the modern side with shiny metals.

And last, but not least – a new trend and a bold choice – illuminated house numbers. Believe it or not, that speck of bright light can reduce the risk of a break-in. But other than that, they’re sure to pop up (especially if you’re on a street with poor lighting) and you don’t even have to waste precious electricity, because there are solar-powered versions.

So, what do your house numbers look like? Have we stimulated your appetite towards creativity in this area?

Door Symbolism

17 Dec
December 17, 2012

Ever since their invention, doors have been more than doors. Do you think we’re kidding? For now let’s just say that the ancient Romans actual had a God, Janus, that was the protector of doors.

Sure, if you’ll ask Wikipedia, you’ll get a standard, lifeless answer – “a door is a movable structure used to open and close an entrance, typically consisting of a panel that swings on hinges or that slides or spins inside a space”. And even though this pretty much sums it up on a physical level, there’s more to doors than meets the eye.

Looking back in time and looking at different cultures, the door has always been first of all an entrance. On a very metaphorical level, it was an entrance into another world or dimension. And this makes sense even if we stay more grounded. Your door is the entrance to your own world. Going through your front door should be equivalent to focusing on yourself and letting out all the troubles at work and so on.

Then, the door has often been associated with new beginnings and again you’ll probably relate to this with great ease, since you know that your day can basically start all over again once you get home and surround yourself with your personal items and hobbies.

But there’s more to it than just the beginning. It’s also about the transition. That gentle buffer between the outside world and your own personal haven. The border between peace and harm, silence and noise, harmony and chaos.

Of course, just as the door can be a symbol of beginning, it’s also a symbol of the end. You’re probably experiencing this the most on Monday mornings when you know for a fact that locking that door and going to work means the week-end’s over. Or if you’ve ever experienced moving out of a place or leaving a job, you can surely remember that special feeling you had when you last closed that specific door. It was also the act of closing a chapter in your life, wasn’t it?

Last, but surely not least, your front door is a symbol of your home and it’s also saying something about you, too. The colour you chose, the design, the door knocker, the peep-hole and every element in its structure can say something about you. And if you decided to get a door from us, know that you’ll be more than able to express yourself, since our models can be very flexible.

For us, the symbolism of doors is first and foremost connected to the idea of your home’s security. With that thought comes great responsibility and that’s why we’re so committed to offering our clients the strongest alternatives available. Be sure you make a wise choice about your front door, or else some random burglar might show up some day and break down your entrance, shatter the border between your haven and the rest of the world and damage your personal space.

 

Locksmiths Who Changed History

11 Dec
December 11, 2012

We are perfectly aware that no matter how strong a door’s structure is one of the most important security aspects is the locking mechanism. And it is this awareness that made us develop a sophisticated system with a special security cylinder, a special lock, a unique key registered system, the possibility to turn the key in the lock 3 times (thus managing to take our bolts inside the frame deeper than any other model) and the 18 hard-steel bolts around the edges of the steel doors which simultaneously engage into the solid steel door frame.

But these things didn’t happen overnight. The locking systems have been evolving for a couple of hundred years and we decided it’s important to look back and remember the great men who worked hard for our security today.

The pioneer of modern locking systems is considered by most to be one of our own Englishmen – Robert Barron. In 1778 he invented the double tumbler lock. His impressive skills that originated both in his mind and hands helped him achieve this major breakthrough – the first big step after the classic pin lock.

Only 6 years later, in 1784, Joseph Bramah, also an Englishman, invented the Bramah lock, which remained un-pickable for 67 years. In 1851, Alfred Charles Hobbs spent about 50 hours to break the Bramah lock and he succeeded. But as for every aspect of evolution, vulnerability meant an opportunity for progress.

So in 1848, Linus Yale Senior invented a pin-tumbler lock, and his son, Linus Yale Junior, kept improving the system, creating the basis of what we know today as pin-tumbler locks by using a small, flat key with serrated edges. This happened in 1861 and by 1862 he also invented the modern combination lock.

In 1857 James Sargent invented the first customizable lock, specifically the first key-changeable combination lock (well, at least the first successful one). And he kept perfecting his system and even managed to create a time lock mechanism in 1873.

In 1916 Samuel Segal invented the first locks that were crowbar-resistant, so he too played an important role in this story.

As time went by, systems became more and more complex, according to the new threats. And basically that’s how history goes – innovation, problem, solution. That’s the circle of evolution and in modern times this circle is closing and opening again faster and faster. The future is probably in bio metric security solutions, but we’re not quite there yet. And while great minds still work on perfecting that, right now we’re proud to be offering one of the most effective home security systems on the market today.

What Signals Are You Sending?

24 Nov
November 24, 2012

 

We’re proud to have helped so many people avoid getting robbed and we’re proud to tell anyone that it’s practically impossible to break down one of our doors thanks to: the 2 mm Galvanized frame, the 3 mm steel tube that composes the wing frame, the 1,5 mm of steel that compose the wing skeleton, the central lock cylinder that provides a 14 steel bolt locking system which acts in 3 directions, the drill proof barrel, the registered key system, the security mechanism on the frame that prevents any widening attempts and the steel hinges.

Unfortunately, the front door is not the only important aspect that you should consider when thinking about your home’s security. But we want you to be safe, and that’s why we’re sharing with you a couple of useful tips, based on the confessions of professional burglars.

First of all, it’s good to know your neighborhood and keep an eye out for any new suspicious faces. A burglar once said that he does his best to never look like a crook, so he can be walking around dressed like any other person or disguised as a handy man. It’s also likely that under his disguise he’ll knock at your door and if you’ll answer he’ll ask for directions or offer his services as a handy man for cover. And by the way, you should also choose wisely the handy men that actually enter your home, since a person who’s already seen the inside of your house has a better idea on your assets and exit/entry points.

Then, it’s very important to think about what you’re leaving around your yard. Regarding this, mail should be on the top of your list, even if you’re going away for a while. Cancel subscriptions or ask a neighbor to pick them up. Burglars might even leave a flyer in your mail just to see how long it takes for it to disappear. Next on this list should be toys left behind by your children – if there’s an abundance lying around, a burglar might get the impression that they have plenty of choices inside, including expensive electronic games, and furthermore it’s probably a sign that you’re not actually on a tight budget, so there are plenty of valuables inside.

As for other things that can be seen and shouldn’t  your alarm code – if your front door has an ornamental glass section, make sure your code is not visible through that section from the outside; your assets – make sure there’s not a lot that can be seen from the outside looking in and it’s always a good idea to draw your curtains as soon as it’s time to turn the lights on; any sign of recklessness – for example, if you’re leaving in a hurry and forget to lock your door, there’s a possibility that a burglar’s on the job and notices this.

So think about the signals you’re sending. We guarantee that our doors are burglar-proof, but if you make it worth their while, burglars will be very motivated to get in and they’ll find other ways – breaking a window is not hard at all, using the chimney is not uncommon and they keep getting more and more creative.

 

Security Reality Check

22 Nov
November 22, 2012

 

Marketers all around the world invest considerable amounts of money in aggressive promotional campaigns. They’re producers, retailers or sales agents that go out there every day trying hard to convince everybody that they need a certain product. But the truth is that we don’t need everything we buy. You probably didn’t need that extra pair of shoes or that fancy appliance that has more functions than you’ll ever need to use.

Then there are things that actually qualify as real needs. And considering Maslow’s pyramid, security is one of the most basic human needs, right after food and water. But his theory was considering security more in the terms of a roof over one’s head. Modern life isn’t only about basic needs. The beauty and diversity of modern life are also about comfort. So security is not only about that roof over your head, but also about keeping safe all those big and small things that make your house a home.

Now think about your home. Are you doing as much as you can to keep it safe? Most people would say yes, even though they don’t. Actually, we’re so used to hearing news about break-ins in the media that we’re not even outraged anymore. We take them as part of the surrounding reality and, unless this happens to someone close to us, we tend to think that it can’t happen to us.

Well, we’ve got bad news! It can happen to you! Just having a door and locking it on your way out doesn’t keep you safe these days. For example, let’s talk about something that happened about a month ago, on 29 October 2012. It’s a real story, here, in your beloved London and if you’re not protected, it can happen to you too. It was an ordinary evening and a couple was watching TV. At about 11 PM they heard a knock on the door and soon after the door was kicked in by 3 men who forced their way through. They sprayed the owned with some sort of liquid, but luckily he was wearing glasses.

Unfortunately, they learned the hard way that they need to be better protected. Just look at that picture! It’s the actual door in the story and it looks like a broken twig. Surely you wouldn’t want this to happen to you. The couple in the story gave us a call the very next day and now they’re enjoying quiet evenings in front of the TV and they know for sure that no one can break into their home again, because they have a TITAN steel door. Don’t sit around and wait until you become a victim. Visit www.steelsecuritydoors.co.uk and replace your wooden door with a really strong one. You need to be safe!

 

The Evolution of Keys

12 Nov
November 12, 2012

Keys are a part of our everyday life and we, as modern people, have quite a bundle on us almost at any given time: car keys, house keys, locker keys, office keys and so on. They’re definitely a necessity and it’s very likely that in reality not even the Americans in their white picket fences suburbs can’t leave their houses anymore without locking their doors.

But it seems that keys have been around since the ancient times, written proof of their existence going back as far as 4000 years ago, in the Babylonian Empire. After that, it seems that the ancient Greeks actually invented the keyhole and the Romans refined it. In those times the need for protecting assets was more of a privilege to those with a higher social status. Actually, the only things that needed locking were temples and jewellery boxes.

The keys as we know them today, in the shape of flat metal keys began to spread only in the 20th century, when mechanical key duplicators were invented, making them easier to be duplicated.

The first modern key was the skeleton key and it was nothing more than a cylindrical shaft and a single rectangular tooth. Its usefulness was relative, since a lot of keys could have fit the same lock and quite frankly any similar object might have done the job just as good. So what’s the point of locking something if it’s easy for anyone to unlock it?

Then came the tubular key, a hollow cylindrical shaft designed to open a tubular pin tumbler lock. To be honest, in their early days they were just as much use as the skeleton keys, but later developments made them more complex.

The Zeiss key or the Cruciform key is a mix of a house key and a tubular key. Although easy to replicate its three sets of teeth at 90 degrees to each other and the fourth flattened tooth, their complementary locks are harder to pick.

Luckily, times have changed and the solution we’re providing is a key that can’t be duplicated without your knowledge. We require a form containing your original signature in order to send another copy of the original key, so you have full control over how many keys you have and who gets them. And we’re not stopping here – we also took special care of the locks by making high security cylinders that are very highly pick and drill resistant.

And if you’re looking for a system for your business, know that we can use these registered keys as the basis of a “Master Key System”, which gives you control over your employees’ access, and you can even set different access authorizations to open all relevant doors with only one key.

We just had to think about the locks too, because no matter how strong the door, if the wrong person gets the key, there’s nothing stopping them from getting in, and unlike ancient times, now we all have valuable to protect.

 

 

 

This Is Why Our Doors Can’t Be Put Down

30 Oct
October 30, 2012

We know that our doors are very strong and that they’re one of the best anti-burglary systems on the market, but are you convinced? Let’s talk about the most frequent “breaking an entry” methods and show you for each of them why our doors can’t be put down.

First of all, there’s the classic bobby pin (or a hanger, or anything slim enough to fit, but somewhat strong and flexible). How does this work? Actually it’s easier if you also use a tension wrench in addition to the bobby pin, but be sure that a professional burglar will have it on him or at least he’ll be able to replace it with something just as good. Basically, the tension wrench goes into the lock, in that special place where the toothless side of the key would enter. The bobby pin, with a piece at the end bent at 90 degrees is used to move the pins that the wavy part of the key would unlock. The whole procedure takes a bit of practice and a bit of patience. Nothing more! Luckily, this is definitely a technique that can’t be used against our doors, since our keys have a registered system, for extra security. They’re much more than the keys you’re used to – you know, the ones with a straight edge and a jagged one.

Then there’s the card trick. Some doors actually require very little effort, and all you have to do is push a card into the door frame at the same height as the handle, but most doors require a series of bending and tilting movements. It’s also a very simple procedure and the main point is managing to push the lock into the door with the help of a flexible credit card. This can’t be done to one of our Titan Steel doors for 2 reasons: first, there’s more than one cylinder that keeps the door locked (there are 4 near the handle, and a total of 18 locking points, on the side, top and bottom), and if you respect our recommendation to lock the door three times, the steel deadbolt bars go into the frame deeper than for any other door. There’s absolutely no way of inserting a card between the lock and the frame! Obviously, not even the crowbar method (the credit card’s more aggressive cousin) could do the trick.

Also an effective classic is drilling the lock itself, but for that we have an anti-drilling rosette.

And then there’s the almighty brute force. But you don’t have to worry about this either, because it would take about 1000 kgf to take down one of our doors, and there’s no way a human could do that, even if he’d try to use an additional tool such as a sledgehammer. Be assured that kicking it is more likely to break the burglar’s leg, but certainly not the door.

So thanks to the power of pure Steel, the unique structure of our doors and their extra-safe locking mechanism, there’s no way a burglar could bring them down!

Choose a Door Colour that Fits Your Personality

24 Oct
October 24, 2012

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The front door is an important part of your house. Its design can improve your home’s overall appearance, or not. Of course, functionality is probably the key aspect of a front door, but our steel doors are covering that aspect without any flaws. All you have to do is choose a design, and a colour. And whether you’re willing to stand out or not, we’ve got plenty of options for you, so what fits your personality best?

Red is passion, enthusiasm and action. It’s the fire within you and it’s the perfect symbol for your active way of life. It’s stimulating, challenging and it’s a sure win if you want to stand out of the crowd. If this is who you are, we’ve got plenty of reds for you: Flame, RAL Signal, Carmine, Purple, Wine, Black, Oxide, Brown, Beige, Tomato, Coral, Rose, Strawberry, Traffic, Dark Salmon, Raspberry or Orient.

Yellow is about warmth and intimacy, but also about focus and communication. It’s specific to the active type, who’s inquisitive and has high aspirations. Is this you? Then maybe you’d like one of these shades of yellow: Sand, Signal, Dark Golden, Honey, Maize, Chrome, Lemon, Sulphur, Saffron, Zinc, Olive, Cadmium, Traffic, Ochre, Curry, Melon, Broom, Dahlia or Pastel.

Green is said to be calming, relaxing, the colour of meditation, balance and safety. If you tend to be more introspective and less active, green is the best choice for you, and we’ve got more than a dozen shades: Patina, Mid. Emerald, Leaf, Middle Olive, Blue, Light Moss, Grey Olive, Bottle, Brown, Fir, Middle Grass, Reseda, Black, Reed, Yellow Olive, Black Olive, Turquoise, May, Yellow, Pastel, Chrome, Pale, Brown Olive, Traffic, Bracken, Opal, Turkish, Pine Tree, Mint or Signal.

Blue is tranquillity, dreaming, inner focus and deepness. If you’re calm, deep and sensitive, let others know and go for one of these beautiful shades: Turquoise, Pale, Violet, Green, Ultramarine, Dark Sapphire, Black, Signal, Brilliant, Grey, Light Azure, Gentian, Steel, Light, Dark Cobalt, Pigeon, Middle Sky, Traffic, Turkish, Capri, Ocean, Water, Night, Fern or Pastel.

Grey is definitely about power and we’ve got plenty of options for you to show your strength: Dark Squirrel, Silver, Olive, Moss, Signal, Mouse, Beige, Khaki, Green, Tarpaulin, Iron, Basalt, Brown, Slate, Anthracite, Black, Umber, Concrete, Graphite, Granite, Stone, Blue, Cement, Yellow, Pale, Platinum, Dusty, Agate, Quartz, Window, Traffic, Silky or Telegrey.

Brown is also about power, but in the same time it stands for reliability and comfort. So if you’re sincere, mature and open, you could advertise your traits through one of these browns: Green, Gold, Signal, Clay, Copper, Fawn, Olive, Nut, Red, Sepia, Mahogany, Chocolate, Grey, Black, Orange, Beige, Pale or Earth.

You can visualize any of the shades above here, and you’ll also find a bold variety of violets and pinks. Of course, you can always choose whites or blacks, but don’t miss out on the chance to really express yourself!

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Happy new year everybody who is reading my blog

27 Jan
January 27, 2011

Unfortunately January 2011 Has already been extremely productive for your local Burglar’s
I was reading an article In a national newspaper Stating that burglaries Last year what up by 0.9%
And that A burglary is a caring at a rate of  one a  minute.
That does not surprise me at all.  Now what can be done, that is the question, do you go and get expensive locks, when you leave your home to you spend time locking two or three locks.
This has been proven to be a complete waste of time, if you view the photographs in my blog you will see what I mean.

Wooden doors and Wooden door frames are just not strong enough, it was the wrong material to use particularly in this day and age.

There is a solution and that is to replace your wooden door and Wooden door frame with our Titan Steel Security door.  Not only will it look much better than your original door
It will be so so much stronger. we will take your door and door frame away and dispose of it.  We will then install a steel frame with our Titan steel door inserted into it.
The door comes complete so there will be known need to decorate.  We will then give you 3 high security keys.  So the next day you lock up  you can  have peace of mind that you won’t be one of the next victims of your local burglar.

Please see a small proportion of burglaries which we had to deal with  in the last few weeks.  Most of these burglaries are occurring between the hours of 10 am. and 4.00 PM.  They are mostly targeting Victorian houses that have been  converted into 3 / 4 APPARTMENT’S  they know and are fully aware that there is an intercom lock fitted to the main entrance door, this is always preferable for a potential burglar.  If you think about it, if somebody visits you the handset from your apartment  buzzes you then lit up the handset and press the button this then releases the intercom lock

So a small amount of current opened your main door to the building, so you can imagine a burglar doesn’t have to use much strength  to force the main entrance door open.
And of course he’s got 3 to 4 APPARTMENT’S all probably unoccupied as he as already tried all the door bells and nobody has reply, or even worse they are sleeping.

He is then confronted with each apartment door some have banham locks, some have Chubb locks but he knows by forcing the wooden door, either the door will give way or the door frame will give way your quality locks may well be usable afterwards but they definitely would not have saves you.

If he is then confronted with a Titan steel door he will probably try his luck but will realise very very quickly that is wasting his time.

So please visit our website Steel Security doors.co.uk and invest in a equality door that will last for years and will protect you and your family. and don’t become a victim of a burglary fight back it’s well worth it and remember I’m sure that the 720,000 burglaries last year each occupier
thought  it would never happen to them.

Recent burglaries where they’ve had their door smashed in

  • Radbourne Road SW12
  • Durnsford Road SW19
  • WINGFORD ROAD SW2
  • WESTWICK GARDENS W14
  • Tollington Road N7
  • Rosendale Road SE17
  • Porchester Square W2
  • OAKLANDS GROVE W12
  • Waterman Way E1
  • MARSH ROAD HA5

Invest now in a Titan steel door  Phone us on  08448 04 04 04

And remember if you have been burgled I’m sure our readers would really appreciate any practical advice that you can put on this blog.

Take Care out there,

Amanda